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New Jersey’s Political Voice for the Environment Endorses Pro-Environment Slate in Legislative Districts 37 and 20

TRENTON, NJ - New Jersey League of Conservation Voters, the political voice for the environment, took a strong stand in highly competitive State Legislative District 37 (LD-37) and endorsed Gordon Johnson for State Senate, in addition to Shama Haider and Ellen Park for State Assembly. In a similarly competitive race in State Legislative District 20 (LD-20), New Jersey LCV endorsed Senator Joe Cryan, Assemblywoman Annette Quijano, and Reginald Atkins for State Assembly.

“LD-37 and LD-20 are the most competitive primary races in the state, and who we elect is critical. We made it clear that the Johnson, Haider, and Park ticket in LD-37 and the Cryan, Quijano and Atkins ticket in LD-20 are pro-conversation tickets. Their slates are the candidates we can rely on to protect our clean drinking water, combat the climate crisis, advance environmental justice and catalyze millions of good local jobs in our clean energy economy,” said Henry Gajda, Public Policy Director, New Jersey LCV. “The environment, public health and our 21st- century economy are on the ballot – and we are putting our money where our mouth is to ensure that our candidates, and the environment, wins.”

"I am grateful to have the support of the League of Conservation Voters, not only in this campaign but throughout my years as a legislator," said Assembly Speaker Pro Tempore Gordon Johnson (LD-37). "I have spent my career in pursuit of justice and there is little more urgent than environmental justice today. From clean water to transitioning off of fossil fuels, I look forward to working with New Jersey LCV in the months and years ahead as we strive to make New Jersey a greener, cleaner, and healthier state for all our residents."

"The New Jersey League of Conservation Voters' leadership and guidance are a tremendous resource for us and we are proud to receive their endorsement of our campaign in Tuesday’s June 8 Democratic Primary," said Senator Joe Cryan (LD-20). "New Jersey LCV's reliance on science and data has always been a guiding factor in their decision-making process and that reliance has certainly served them well during these unprecedented times. Assemblywoman Quijano, Reverend Atkins and I look forward to the opportunity to work with this tremendous organization as we all look toward the future and the better days ahead."

With these candidates New Jersey LCV once again demonstrates its commitment to elect viable candidates, without regard to party affiliation, who have demonstrated an active or affirmative willingness and capacity to advance New Jersey LCV’s pro-environment priorities.

“We take our endorsement process seriously, and we don’t endorse candidates we don’t believe in,” said Julia Somers, New Jersey LCV Board Chair. “There is a multi-step evaluation process where we review candidates’ environmental credentials and vision for the state. We also ask questions to ensure they are committed to our legislative agenda of protecting the environment.”

“Everyone who is eligible should vote in the June 8 primary elections. The primaries are how political parties choose their candidates and it’s one of the most important decisions a party and voters can make,” added Gajda. “If you’ve voted by mail before you probably have already received your ballot; if not, research where to go and cast your vote on Election Day.”

A full list of the endorsements including biographies of the endorsees can be found here.

New Jersey LCV is a nonpartisan organization whose mission is to elect environmental champions, and it is the only New Jersey environmental group with a Political Action Committee (PAC) and Super PAC. We plan to invest $1 million in this year’s election.